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Created by the Shell Oil Company as a public service, this wonderful film explains the operation and mechanics of a gas turbine engine, and show modern jet and turboprop engines in use in the aviation industry.  Includes terrific views of early types of jet engines and components including compressors, fans, combustion chambers, and so on.  At the 13 minute mark a variety of other uses for the turbine engine are shown including for power generation, fire fighting, marine propulsion, gas...
Topics: Shell, Shell oil, Gas, Gas Turbine, Engine, Jet, Jet Engine, Stock Footage
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Produced by George Pal, "Birth of An Oil Field" was directed by Duke Goldstone and released in 1949 by the Shell Oil Company.  This film, part of a series of outstanding movies on the petroleum industry produced by Shell, explains and demonstrates methods, procedures, and equipment used in the drilling of oil wells and delivery of petroleum products worldwide. The film contains outstanding footage of oil derricks and drilling, the Kelly Pipe, oil rigs, trains pulling oil tank cars,...
Topics: Oil Field, Oil., George Pal, Shell Oil, 1949, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about Copper and to promote Kennecott's Bingham Mine. This is circa 1970s. No copyright on file and research couldn't find the date. Title cards: A Kennecott Film Presentation, narrated by Burgess Meredith (:07-:19). City shots. Bridges. New York City at dawn. This is the story of copper's place in the world. Tugboats in the waters near NYC. The narrator explains how copper is so very important (:20-2:33). Little boys and girls play hopscotch and baseball in the...
Topics: Copper, Kennecott, Utah, Bingham Mine, 1970, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the introduction of the White Alice Communications Antenna System as well as daily life in Alaska. This was made in 1959. Mountains and glaciers of Alaska. Alaska's new antennas for a long distance telephone system, known as white alice. Snow covered landscapes. Aerial shots of the antennas. Snowy mountains. Map shot of Alaska. The White Alice Communications System was a United States Air Force telecommunication network with 80 radio stations constructed in...
Topics: Alice, Alaska, Radio, Telephone, Dew Line, Stock Footage
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Directed by Ramsay Short and Michael Orrom, with cinematography by the incredible Winton Hoch, "A Light In Nature" is a 1960 film about science created by the Shell Oil Corporation.  The film shows scientific research and the creative process of discovery in probing radioactivity, astronomy, materials science, geology, biophysics, oceanography, the discovery of DNA, etc. This production was made to coincide with the Tercentenary of the Royal Society as a tribute to the scientific...
Topics: Shell, Oil, Ransay Short, Michael Orrom, 1960, Stock Footage
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s (probably 1971) to promote the construction of new highways and the cars that drive them, the ANATOMY OF A ROAD is an unapologetic paean to progress. As the narrator says, "Everyone will agree that we need good roads, an efficient system of highways and freeways and the reality of highway can give rise to a course of interesting individual opinions".  The film contains a brief history of American roads from the National Pike to the superhighway....
Topics: Anatomy, Road, Highway, Construction, Stock Footage
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This documentary, produced by the Portland Cement Association, describes the construction and utility of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, completed October, 1940, was a landmark construction project completed in that served as the grandfather of the interstate highway system. The planning process began in the 1920s as automobiles rose in popularity. After the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and President Franklin Roosevelt’s establishment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in...
Topics: Pennsylvania, Turnpike, Highway Interstate, 1940, Stock Footage
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The New Jersey Turnpike (shortened to NJTP and colloquially known to New Jerseyans as "the Turnpike") is a toll road in New Jersey, maintained by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. According to the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the Turnpike is the nation's sixth-busiest toll road and is one of the most heavily traveled highways in the United States. The Turnpike is a major thoroughfare providing access to various localities in New Jersey, as well as Delaware,...
Topics: New Jersey, Turnpike, 1950, Super Highway, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1955 and then revised in 1967, "The Case of Officer Hallibrand" is a driver's ed film that features Milburn Stone, best known for playing Doc Adams the chief medical examiner on the TV program Gunsmoke.  Presented by the Marathon Oil Company, the film was a stable in driver's education classrooms for three decades.  It's portrayal of American driving habits through the perspective of a traffic policeman, including drunks, elderly and inattentive drivers, sleep-deprived...
Topics: Fossil Story, Fossils, Shell, Oil, 1950, Geoligy, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Atomic Industrial Forum Inc. and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Atomic Power Today: Service With Safety is a 1966 film that shows viewers how an atomic energy plant works and how such a plant comes into being, from the application process with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) through construction and final safety inspections. The film discusses how atomic fuel is used to generate electricity, the barriers and safeguards to prevent radioactive contamination, and is...
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This 1947 episode of This Land of Ours, produced by Carl Dudley, takes viewers on a tour of the New England state of New Hampshire. The episode opens with shots of New Hampshire’s rivers, covered bridges, small towns, and the birthplace of famed orator Daniel Webster (01:04). At a granite quarry (01:11), a crane lifts a slab of granite. In the forest, two men saw down a tree. Lumber is hauled to Berlin (01:52), located on the Androscoggin River, where it is made into pulp and paper. The...
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The Giant Step is a film that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force in 1972 by telling the story of the people and developments of flight in the U.S. The film begins with a single prop plane sitting on a runway with a sunrise or sunset in the background (01:07). A montage of photos and footage shows a brief history of flight, starting with some of the earliest developments and attempts of flight, up through the Spirt of St. Louis flight and on to the modern military achievements...
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Reach Beyond the Horizon: A History of Edwards Air Force Base is a short 1970s film that provides an overview of the aviation and aerospace achievements of the base. The film takes viewers on a tour of the base beginning with its foundation in the 1930s up through its ongoing programs in the 1970s. The film opens with a shot of California’s Antelope Valley, where tumbleweeds are blown along the desert floor. The desert scene is superimposed with images of jets and rockets taking off. The film...
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This well shot, silent home movie from the 1930s shows a visit to Spain including Seville, which is seen at :21. The person who filmed it apparently voyaged to Europe aboard a large, twin stack ocean liner which is seen at the :30 mark. The Tower of Gold in Seville is seen at :46, and the Columbus Memorial and Cathedral at 1:04. The Hall of the Ambassadors of the Alcazar is seen at 1:58. At 4:53 the Exposition buildings are seen. (This is most likely a reference to the the Ibero-American...
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Presented by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation and produced by Raphael Wolff Studios, California Central Valley Basin is an educational film on the Central Valley Project (CVP), highlighting the project’s dams, reservoirs, canals, and water distribution throughout California’s Central Valley Basin. The film opens with shots of the San Joaquin River and the canals of the valley. The CVP allows for better flood control and more consistent irrigation of the basin,...
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Belgium the Beautiful is a short travelogue from 1932, recorded at Burton Holmes Studios, that shows viewers some of the highlights of Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, and the small nation’s countryside. The film opens with a shot of a map of Belgium. The film then features footage of Brussels (01:05), highlighting the city’s Royal Palace, the Financial Center, and bustling city streets where trolley cars have replaced transportation by canal. Children crowd around the camera on a street (01:40)....
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Aircraft Familiarization GV-1: Air Refueling Procedures (MN 8999) is a short U.S. Navy training film on the in-air refueling operations of the GV-1 (a Lockheed Martin KC-130 Tanker). The film opens with a shot of the GV-1 flying (00:40), its refueling hose extended out behind it to a receiving aircraft—what appears to be a Vought F-8 Crusader. Graphics are used to show the layout of the GV-1 and where fuel is stored (01:27). Two fighter jets trail the GV-1 and refuel in air (01:38). Two...
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One Man’s Car is a short film produced by Caravel Films, Inc. and presented by Socony-Vacuum, during WWII. During the war gasoline was strictly rationed and auto trips were taken only for reasons of necessity. Cars were kept in storage and in some cases drained of all fluids, and put on blocks so their tires could be used for the war effort. It wouldn't be for a couple of years after the war ended that new cars were available so -- autos had to be kept running as shown in the film.  This...
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Fakeers of the East is a short travelogue from the mid-1930s, from Van Beuren Productions, that gives viewers a glimpse of the “magic” they will encounter on a visit to India. The film opens with a group of men playing instruments (flute and drums) during a snake charming performance. A man entertains a crowd by performing tricks (01:05), such as pulling a long line of flags out of his mouth. Another man (an Arab Fakeer, according to the narrator) pulls out yards of cotton string, sets it...
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Magic Isle is a short travelogue from the 1960s or 1970s that gives viewers a glimpse of the small island located on the eastern edge of the Caribbean. The film opens with a shot of an old sailing ship out at sea. The film shows viewers a beach, the downtown area of Bridgetown next to the harbor, a statue of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, and the old Bridgetown garrison. Other highlights include Barbados’ Parliament Building (01:14), Barbados troops marching in a parade, school children in...
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Lighthouses and Lightships (MN-202aa) is a short 1944 U.S. Navy training film that is part of the Aids To Navigation series. The purpose of the series “is to acquaint those who are beginners in study of the science of navigation with the basic principles underlying the markings of our coastal and inland waterways.” This film discusses how to identify lighthouses and lightships, using a combination of actual footage and artistic renderings (in some cases overlaying the two). The film opens...
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This silent film, which would have been shown as part of an intelligence briefing to senior commanders in Italy, possibly including Gen. Mark Clark, shows part of the attack on Monte Cassino in February of 1944. Shot from the ground, it shows the effects of Allied bombers on the mountainside and the Abbey itself.  Official news release which accompanied this film stated:"This silent Combat Film 378 shows the dive bombing of the Monte Cassino Monastery. According to included information:...
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This film has been produced in cooperation with the academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (:10). It opens with behind a look at behind the scenes of a motion picture studio (:23). The camera man swings into a board reading “Warner Bro’s Studio Wardrobe test for Production” and it is 1950 (:33). Ruth Roman is seen having her make up checked (:37). The screen director is called in and leaves off from working on dialogue changes (1:05). The screen director will be this film’s topic...
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This episode of the 1950s TV series The Greatest Drama tells the story of Garfield “Gar” Wood. Gar, also known as the “Silver Fox,” sits in a speed boat in 1931 before attempting to break the world record by reaching 100 mph (00:41). He speeds across the waterway on Miss America IX, hitting 102 mph. In a boat shop, women sand a speed boat (02:22). Gar’s wife christens the first Miss America. At Osborne Bay, England 02:40), Gar Wood and his mechanic Orlin Johnson prepare to race Miss...
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Produced by Martin Bovey Films and directed by Bon D. Grussing, Old Virginia is a short film that takes viewers on a historical tour of Virginia. The film opens with a shot of Mount Vernon (00:48) and the plantation’s view over the Potomac River. The film shows gardens on the grounds as well as the nearby Pohick Church (in Lorton, VA). The film then takes viewers to Jamestown, starting with the north bank of the river (02:10) and the Tercentennial Monument (an obelisk). Viewers also see an...
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This 1965 British documentary film looks at the development of the young modern nation-state and highlights some of the country’s people, culture and events, cities, and regions. The film opens with footage of the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan’s Karakorum and Himalayan ranges. A stream runs out from a under a snow field. People herd cattle down a rocky slope. A river of white water rushes through a forest (02:24). Young boys and girls learn in a classroom (02:57). Muslim men pray at a...
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This news release on NASA’s Apollo 8 mission at the end of 1968 gives viewers a glimpse of the men and objectives of the mission. Apollo 8 was the second manned spaceflight, with a three-man crew consisting of Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. The men were the first to leave low Earth orbit and the first to orbit the moon. The news release opens with the three astronauts standing in their spacesuits prior to launch. Saturn V...
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Silent but originally presented by a speaker to packed auditoriums around the USA, this extraordinary film produced by the Santa Fe Railroad takes a look at sights seen as part of the the so-called "Indian Detour". Indian Detours were the idea of the legendary Fred Harvey Company, renowned in part for their chain of ‘eating houses’ hosted by Harvey Girls along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between 1876 and 1968.  Fred Harvey Co's “Indian Department”,...
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie about Punched Card Data Processing on an IBM Card Sorting Machine. It has 6 sections including: Introducing the Sorter, Numeric Sorting Part I, Numeric Sorting Part, II, Block Sorting, Alphabetic Sorting, The Alphabetic Sorting Switch and Merging. The movie opens with footage of the “sorter”, a card sorting machine :25. 9-inch cards are fed into the sorter, :40. Machine demonstrates how columns of the card can be read, 1;15. The sorter is sorting cords,...
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Hopi Kachinas is a short film from 1960, photographed by Jack Breed and produced by ACI Productions, that shows the creation of a doll and the role the carved figure plays in the Hopi religion and culture. The film opens with shots of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ, and of Arizona’s rocky plateau. Hopi Indians stand on adobe homes with wagons out front. Hopi people dance along a dirt road during what appears to be a Kachina celebration (01:10). A man gives a Kachina to a young...
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This short 1982 educational film, produced by Dimension Films shortly before the company folded in 1985. The film gives viewers a look at the different ways computers are used in society (specifically, it discusses computer use for creative, machine control, models, and files). The film opens with a shot of a computer in a large room. Children sit around an Apple II computer and monitor. A man uses a computer to generate designs. Dr. Derek Sampson looks at a computer printout of patient names...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie presented by Columbia Pictures. It features commentary by Bill Stern, photography by Jack Etra and has music by Jack Shaindlin, Jose Pierri, Sapere, and Gerardo Grasso. It is called, Gauchos Down Uruguay Way. It was produced and Directed by Harry Foster. The movie opens with a gaucho atop a burro, :25. Sheep in a large her on the open grassland. Uruguayan cows are shown, 1:00. Horses cross a river, 1:05. Rancho San Pedro, 1:38. The artist Enrique...
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Created by the Shell Film Unit in 1967 and directed by Michael Heckford, "Paint" takes a look at the creation and formulation of paint, and traces the history of paint and its components from the paintings of the Stone Age to the present day.  A great deal of the focus on the film is industrial paint and its application, used to prevent corrosion and wear, and making everyday things more durable.  Synthetic pigments are shown, as are oil paints, and many other pigments. In 2011,...
Topics: Paint, History, Shell, Oil, 1967, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1938 by United States Steel, "Steel: Man's Servant" presents a lavish Technicolor look at the steel industry prior to WWII.  Narrated by Edwin Hill and directed by Roland Reed, with amusical score by Robert Armbruster, the 37-minute film typically accompanied a dramatic feature film in release.  The film presents mining activities on the Mesabi Range, with an Oliver Iron Mining Co. steam shovel ripping iron ore from the ground at the film's start.  The film goes on to...
Topics: Steel, United States Steel, 1938, WWII, Pre WWII, Stock Footage
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This 1956 color educational film about American engineers was produced as a Jam Handy Picture for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, making this film a subtle long advertisement. Different radio telescopes pick of sounds (:35-1:20). Men and women are shown in laboratories. Another writes mathematical equations on a blackboard. Different quick views representing engineers are shown (1:21-2:30). Shown are an hydroelectric dam, rivers splitting around a city, skyscrapers, office buildings,...
Topics: 1956, Jam handy, Chevrolet, General Motors, Stock Footage
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Note: this version of the film dates from 1953.  A revised version of the film can also be seen on our Youtube channel from the 1960s. Created in the year 1953 by the Shell Oil Company, "The Fossil Story" explains the importance of fossils to geologists who are searching for oil, and examines the role of paleontologists in interpreting the nature of the pre-historic world.   This film was one of a series created by Shell to educate the public about geology, oil exploration, and the...
Topics: Shell, Fossil Story, Oil, Fossils. 1950, Stock Footage
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The Union Pacific Railroad sponsored this 1952 travelogue, Northwest Empire, to promote travel to and around the states of Oregon and Washington. The film highlights the places to visit as well as some of the region’s industries. The film begins with a shot of the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing into the shoreline, streams, wheat fields, and vistas of mountains and harbors. The Union Pacific travels along the Columbia River (02:15), making its way to the city of Portland (03:08). The...
Topics: Washignton State, Union Pacific, Northwest Empire, 1950, Oregon, Stock Footage
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Marketing Retail Sales Department of the Standard Oil Company of California, Western Operations Inc, presents, “Make Mine Service”. This is a color film which starts out at a standard 1950’s style service station, :45. Logos for Standard Station and Chevron Dealer are shown, :51. Bob and Dave’s service station is shown, 1:24. Pat Ivins service station is shown, 1:48. Chevron Supreme and Chevron gasoline service pumps, 2:45. RPM Supreme Motor Oil, 2:50, Atlas Tires and batteries, 2:55....
Topics: 1950, Oil, Service Station, Chevron, Stock Footage
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This short film, presented by Breyers Ice Cream and narrated by Lowell Thomas, gives viewers a look at the attractions of historic Philadelphia. The film opens with footage of fireworks bursting in Philadelphia’s night sky on the 4th of July. The film shows Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline (00:48). Viewers see the William Penn statue on the top of City Hall Tower. Next, the film takes viewers to Independence Hall (01:32), where men reenact the signing of the Declaration of...
Topics: Ice Cream, Philadelphia, 1940, Pennsylvania, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This black and white documentary film, Lever-age, History of the Toothed Wheel, explains the principles of levers and gears. It was presented by Shell Oil Company, directed by Geoffrey Bell, and narrated by famous announcer Harlow Wilcox. The Shell logo used from 1948 to 1955 finishes the film. However, a description of the 1939 film by Bell called Transfer of Power and also sponsored by Shell Oil matches this film and so this may be a re-release. The film opens with a girl pumping water, a man...
Topics: Lever Age, Lever, Toothed Wheel, Oil, Physics, Leverage, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1953 “Family of Craftsmen” film is sponsored by The Studebaker Corporation and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates. It portrays the lives of a family with multiple members who work for Studebaker. It has great clips of houses, furniture, and clothing from the early 1950s. The film opens with a great visual and sound of a factory steam whistle (:54). Workers leave the Studebaker factory on Friday afternoon in early 1950s sedans (1:00-1:25). A night security officer...
Topics: 1953, Studebaker, Furniture, Indiana, Stock Footage
This is a 1960’s era, color movie. It is presented by Pan Am. It is written and Directed by Lee Bobker. The name of the movie is Wings to Italy. The movie opens with images of the sea and of ancient ruins of Roman architecture – it is produced by Vision Associates. Image of Italy on the map, 2:50. Various cities on the map are highlighted, including the island of Sardinia, 3:09. Images of St. Peter’s 3:50. Image of La Pieta statue, 4:03. Trevi Fountain, 4:15. The Spanish Steps, 4:31....
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Report On Mileage And Money Savings is a short film promoting the money-saving tires of General Truck Tire and the Kraft System Recapping. It probably dates from between 1946 and 1952.  A man drives a truck on a highway (00:30). A dump truck pulls away from a gravel pit. The film shows various shots of trucks hauling different loads (gravel, livestock, oil). A truck pulls up to a highway toll booth (02:07). A chart shows the various costs of owning and operating a truck (03:32). Close-up...
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This is a 1930’s era, color movie. It was produced by Bob Newman and called Fishermen of the North with Commander Donald B MacMillan. It is a “Musical Memory of Labrador”, presented in Vericolor. Associate producer is Howard Young. The story is by Bob Newman, and the movie is narrated by Howard Young. Photographed by Glenn Kershner and theme music by Jerome Russler. Released by Imperial Distributing Company. The movie opens with us aboard a sailboat. Two men talk in a car, 1:25. Men...
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Southwestern Indian Dances is a short 1947 film that is a part of Dudley Pictures Corporation’s This Land Of Ours series. The film documents the annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial held in Gallup, NM, which “strives to be the oldest, most cultural aware and respected event in the U.S.” The Ceremonial features a rodeo, traditional dances, and fine arts and artifacts of the Indians of the American Southwest (Navajo, Pueblo, Kiowa, Apache, and Jemez). The film opens with footage of the...
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“Successful Secretary” is a film presented by Royal Office Typewriters (:22). Royal Litton was one of the most popular producers of the typewriter. Founded in 1904 by Edward B Hess, by the year 1957 the company announced it had produced its 10 millionth typewriter. This film is based in the sixties and is centered on the Royall 660 which is a 1966 model. It appears to be an advertisement for secretaries to purchase this model and the typewriter will play the narrator (:33). It opens with...
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Eskimo Walrus Hunt is a black and white, documentary and educational film showing how Eskimos hunt walrus for food. It was produced about 1920 with the narration talk-over added in the early 1930’s. The narrator was Commander Donald B. MacMillan, a noted arctic explorer, who was a protégé of Commander Peary. (Donald Baxter MacMillan [November 10, 1874 – September 7, 1970] was an American explorer, sailor, researcher and lecturer who made over 30 expeditions to the Arctic during his...
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In this early 1960s episode of Biography, hosted by Mike Wallace, viewers are treated to a look at the brief reign of King Edward VIII, who abdicated and became the Duke of Windsor. Mike Wallace introduces the episode about the Duke of Windsor (00:58). The film shows a shot of the crown of the King of England, then the Duke as he rides a horse and walks with advisors (01:40). Footage shows the 6-year-old Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David playing what appears to be...
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This is a 1980’s era (or possibly late 1970s), color movie that opens with young students calling a navy recruiting center, part of the Naval Education and Training Command. The camera pans across the navy recruitment specialists talking about the benefits of military service, :30. The film is called NEATO which stands for Navy Educational And Training Opportunities. Navy filmmakers edit training films on a KEM flatbed, Moviola or Steenbeck, 1:22. Navy graduates are shown, 1:55. Navy recruits...
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This color, instructional film, The Supai Indian, was copyrighted in 1945 by Coronet Instructional Films. Coronet Films was a leading producer and distributor of many documentary films created for use in schools. This one is about the Havasupai people or Supai Indians of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  Intro (0:07-9:27). A man walks his horse in front of a beautiful waterfall headed for the Havasupai Indian camp (0:28-0:38). A man rides a horse, with a pack horse following him, through a river...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white tv show produced by National Educational Television entitled "The Criminal Man" which featured an examination of the minds of criminals and deviants. The show was hosted by Dr. Douglas Kelley. This in fact is Lt. Colonel Douglas McGlashan Kelley (11 August 1912 – January 1, 1958) who was a United States Army Military Intelligence Corps officer who served as chief psychiatrist at Nuremberg Prison during the Nuremberg War Trials. He worked to...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie produced by Calvin. It is a movie about natural and man-made disasters of all sorts. It opens with men waiting online to go to work in a mining shaft. Men mining, 1:00. Men carry canaries, 1:15. Simulated cave-in of a mine, 1:45. Town is alarmed as whistle blows indicating tragedy in the mine, 2:32. Bodies being taken out of the mines, 3:09. John L Lewis, President of United Mine Workers Union, 3:18. Bodies of 111 miners are taken out of a mine in...
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This color silent movie is a home movie showing Halloween parties that took place in the years 1946-1947. It is somewhere in the United States, unsure to what location. Title: Halloween Party 1946-1947 (:08-:16). Men in suits and some wear little orange hats. A man talks on a  microphone. Some women are near the men and they start singing. Some people in costumes go round and round in a  circle, outfits include: cowboys, Indians, maid, chef, saloon girl, one man has a red mask, geisha, a man...
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This gorgeous silent film from Palmer Pictures shows views of Japan and the Japanese people. It dates to the late 1940s or early 1950s. The film starts with a shot of Mt. Fuji and then shows what appears to be views of Tokyo. At  :35 a USA military jeep drives on a street, a sure sign that this film dates to the era when the U.S. Army occupied Japan. At 1:13 a busy street is seen crammed with pedestrians. At 1:43 kimono-clad women are shown examining silk goods, while at 1:52 a tori leads the...
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This is a 1945 era, black and white movie is presented by – The Commanding General South West Pacific Area, the "S.W.P.A. News". It has several installments and the first one is about the insecticide, “DDT” sprayed by C-47’s in liberated Manila to fight a deadly Typhus plague. The movie opens with C-47 Pilots going over a map and loading up with DDT to fumigate the city of Manila, 1:00. Planes fly over the city and deliver DDT to the city of Manila below, 1:14. DDT pseudonyms,...
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In this episode of The World We Live In, viewers are taken to Chile for a look at the people, culture, and industry of the South American country. The episode opens with a shot of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Footage shows the expansive desert, and a bus drives through it along a dirt highway. An oasis sits with the snow-covered Andes looming in the background (02:28). In the Atacamenos village in the oasis, men herd sheep and llamas. Others harvest a dried fungus to use for fuel....
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The Day Tomorrow Began is a 1967 film on the CP-1, the first atomic pile that lead to the development of the atomic bomb and the beginning of the atomic age. The film uses interviews and images of the actual people and places that worked to create the first sustained atomic reaction on 2 December 1942 at CP-1 at the University of Chicago. The film opens with shots of aspects of nuclear power and nuclear reactions, as well as an aerial shot of a nuclear reactor facility (01:29). An aerial shot...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie. It is presented by – Andre de la Varre, called The Screen Traveler. It is about the Cities of North Africa – Tunis – Algiers and Rabat. Photographed by The Screen Traveler in association with Paul Devlin. The movie opens with a description of Tunis on the Avenue Jours fériés. Streetcars come down the street, 1:12. Old cars come down the street, 1:22. Avenue de France leads to the Port de France, 1:45. Graceful minarets rise above the...
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This silent film from 1928 was originally released by Pathe Exchange as part of a series of educational films entitled "People and Cultures of the World." The film begins with a map of Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Malay Peninsula. At 1:34 the ruins at Borobudur are shown. This is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang Regency, not far from the town of Muntilan, in Central Java, Indonesia. It is the world's largest Buddhist temple.The temple consists of nine stacked...
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This is a 1953, black and white movie presented by Circle Film. It is called, Bangkok - Golden Temple Paradise. Produced and written by Sam Waagenaar. Narrated by James Wellard with recording by Western Electric. The movie is about Bangkok and its temples. The movie opens with electric trolley cars in Bangkok and the narrator speaking, introducing himself as the “Bangkok Streetcar”, 00:45. Monkeys climb on boats in the harbor, 1:40. Merchants ply their wares in the streets, 1:50. Thai...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie. It is presented by – Dudley Pictures Corporation, called This World of Ours. It is about Egypt. Photographed by Edwin E. Olsen, Edited by William Faris and Produced by Carl Dudley. The movie opens with a TWA plane flying over Egypt. A camel caravan is shown at 00:4. Egyptian men bowing to Mecca, 00:49. Center of Cairo, 1:15. Shepheard’s Hotel, Cairo, 1:25. Waiter’s serving guests in Shepheard’s Hotel, 1:33. Egyptian Minarets, 1:40....
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This black and white film called the Danger Line was probably produced between 1939 and 1950. Its purpose was to instruct children of the danger of wearing shoes that don’t fit. This Instructional film of the Institute of Visual Training was supported by Thom McAn Shoe Stores probably after 1939 as they were enlarging their business to its highest point in 1960.  The film opens showing a Thom McAn Shoe Store (0:27-0:29). Two boys dressed in suits enter the store and speak to the manager...
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Whats in The Bag, is a color film on how fertilizer is made. It was put out by The National Plant Food Institute which was only called by that name between the years of 1955 and 1969. This movie was probably made in the late 1950’s based on the dress being worn at the end of the film. Director: Malcolm H. McVickar.  Bags on a conveyor belt introduce What’s in the Bag! Followed by credits (0:07-0:47). Farmer on a tractor with a disc working the ground (0:48-0:53). Tractor and combine...
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This black & white educational film is about training lions and big cats for a performance. This was produced in cooperation with the World Jungle Compound in Thousand Oaks, CA. This was circa 1949 or 1950.  Opening: A Gene Blakely Featurette, BIG CATS (:06-:17). A lion is guided by a trainer onto a stool. A woman plays with a dog. The dog won't do any tricks. The woman tries to train him but he remains unmoved. A lion is a movie star lion, Jackie. The trainer, Mel trains him. The Lion...
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Faith In The Future is a 1940s film that discusses the importance of transportation and the role Fruehauf trailers play in moving goods. Some of the businesses that use the Fruehauf trailers and are featured in the film are: Borden’s Farm Products of Michigan; Paranite Wire & Cable/Essex Wire Corp.; Long Transportation Company; Doehler-Jarvis Corporation; Bridgeways, Inc.; Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy; Harry Becker Company; Kozloff Fish; National Homes; E.H. Warren Company; and Hubert...
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Presented by the Champion Spark Plug Company, Take It From A Champion is a 1956 promotional and educational film produced by Dynamic Films that gives viewers a look at three races (the 1956 Indianapolis 500, 1956 NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach and Road Course, and the 1955 Southern 500) while promoting the importance of safe driving by reviewing driving techniques, road signs, stopping, and handling turns. The film opens with a teenager talking to his neighbor. The neighbor, race car driver...
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Where Rooster-Tails Fly is a short film, produced by Charles R. Perryman, that shows viewers highlights from Seattle’s 1952 Seafair festival, including the Torchlight Parade, Samish Slough Race, and the 45th Gold Cup (a hydroplane boat race later called the Seafair Cup then the Albert Lee Appliance Cup). The film opens with a boat on fire in Puget Sound (00:49), where men dressed as pirates watch from nearby boats. Aerial views of Seattle, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound show viewers the...
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-677) provides an operational overview for programming the key punch on the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. It is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. This film reviews the program unit, the components of a program on a punched card, preparing program cards, programming a program card, and the verifier component of the IBM 029. The film opens with a shot of a...
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Produced by Celluloid College in 1947, Basic Motion Picture Technique is an educational film on the basics of filming a motion picture. The film “has been carefully designed to teach exactly what it is that makes a movie interesting and enjoyable to an audience. It teaches technique, the ‘art’ of using the camera.” In this second part of the film, viewers learn about three more techniques, then they see them all applied in a silent short to conclude the educational film. “Lesson #6:...
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-675) provides an overview of the introductory principles for using punched cards in punched card data processing using the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. This film is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. This film covers an introduction to the punched card, numeric organization, alphabetic principles, reading, fields, and card design. The film opens with...
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Unmanned Spacecraft (HQ-38) is a short NASA documentary film that gives viewers a look at the various unmanned spacecraft used in space flight missions during the late 1950s and planned for the early 1960s, including Explorer 6, Explorer 7, Vanguard 3, Pioneer 5, Ranger program, Surveyor program, and Mariner program. Dr. Hugh L. Dryden addresses the camera from behind a desk to open the film. Graphics are used to show images of space and stars. Engineers work on a satellite (01:50). A weather...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 72) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode begins with a short bio on American fighter ace Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, aka “Indestructible Eddie.” The pilot poses next to plane; he flies through French skies during WWI. He is awarded the French medal of honor, Croix de Guerre (01:33). Fans cheer Rickenbacker...
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This is a 1980 color movie presented by COLONY, a Shale Oil Project and an EXXON subsidiary. The movie opens with footage of a real estate broker discussing the many things to consider in her business, followed by other people in industry discussing the many things they need to know in order to do their jobs properly. At :27 an  IBM 5100 Portable Computer is shown. This was a portable computer (one of the first) introduced in September 1975, six years before the IBM Personal Computer. It was...
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This industrial film "Working Together" from 1951 shows the firm Thompson Aviation Products and its TAPCO plant in Euclid, Ohio. The film is incomplete, in that it is missing the soundtrack, but the movie does give a good overview of the company as it operated in the late 1940s.  Thompson Products became more widely known to the world as TRW. The company was incorporated in Cleveland in  1916. Frederick C. Crawford became president in 1933 and espoused a philosophy of industrial...
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This short 1952 travelogue, presented by Standard Oil Company and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., follows a road trip though the American Midwest by a Chicago reporter back from assignment in Europe. The film opens with a shot of a street and buildings in Chicago, IL, followed by the door to the Editorial Office of a newspaper. The reporter, Dale Bennett, returns from vacation an meets with his editor to discuss his vacation. Bennett drives his station wagon down a highway...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film (episode 18) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode begins with the Munich Agreement of 1938. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sits at his desk. In Munich, Adolf Hitler sits down with Chamberlain. Hitler, Chamberlain, Italy’s Benito Mussolini, and France’s Edouard Daladier sign the agreement. Upon...
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A young man takes an exercise and gymnastics course in hopes of defeating a bully and walking away with the girls. Made by RKO in 19
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This 1954 film report from the Exploratory Committee on the application of water (sponsored jointly by the Fire Department Instructors Conference and the Fire Service Training Association and composed of fire chiefs, instructors in firemanship and fire protection engineers), and presented by the Elkhart line of Select-O-Stream Mystery Fog Nozzles, shows the 8 and 9 July 1954 large-scale fire test on a building in Kansas City, MO testing firefighting techniques using Elkhart’s JN 200 nozzle on...
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‘Salmon, Seals and Whales’ is a silent film based in Alaska which will take a brief look at the state and it’s industry. It opens with a stamp mill being used to crush quartz rock (:59) and turns to fishing ships at port (1:20). The fish are pulled up in large nets and fish are sent flopping all over the deck (1:25). Conveyor belts are used to transport the fish (1:48). The Pribilof Island belt is the home of the seal (1:52) and these lay off the coast of Alaska. A huge span of seals...
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This film is on the Apollo IX mission and is presented by the Office of Manned Spaceflight (:14). This was the final mission before the manned lunar landing mission and was to test the final components for this mission. It opens with shots of the moon’s surface retrieved from the Apollo VIII mission with Borman, Lovell and Anders (:49). The lunar module, whose testing was the prime objective, is shown at (1:25). The Apollo-Saturn V is seen after being mated with all modules and launch vehicle...
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‘Dunham Bush Today’ is a film about Dunham Bush which is one of the world’s leading commercial air conditioning manufacturers which was founded in 1966. They have one of the broadest lines of air cooled and liquid cooled chillers in the industry. They are a part of the Signal Companies Inc. which is a corporation engaged mainly in automotive and aerospace engineering (:50). Dunham Bush is also involved in transportation (1:02), real estate, and in heating and air-conditioning. One of its...
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“Successful Secretary” is a film presented by Royal Office Typewriters (:22). Royal Litton was one of the most popular producers of the typewriter. Founded in 1904 by Edward B Hess, by the year 1957 the company announced it had produced its 10 millionth typewriter. This film is based in the sixties and is centered on the Royall 660 which is a 1966 model. It appears to be an advertisement for secretaries to purchase this model and the typewriter will play the narrator (:33). It opens with...
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Dating to 1948, this silent film "The Seals of the Sahara" is an early effort by Jacques Cousteau. It was shot in North Africa. Unlike many of the films Cousteau made in this era, this one does not rely primarily on underwater cameras or SCUBA gear. The plot of the film is fairly simple -- a Monk seal is taken from a sandy beach in Morocco, and then transported by ship to France where it becomes part of the exhibit at the Paris Zoo. We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
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Shot in 1946 by a U.S. serviceman, this silent 8mm home movie shows various sites in Hawaii including the Kau Kau Korner restaurant at 6:18. The Kau Kau was one of Hawaii's first drive-in restaurants, located on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapiolani Blvd. (then known as The Crossroads of the Pacific.) Built 1935, the restaurant opened in 1936 and was a much photographed landmark for 25 years. Other sights include the Statue of King Kamehameha Statue at :08, Iolani Palace at :31, vistas of...
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Ambassadors With Wings is a short 1958 film, narrated by Jimmy Stewart, that gives viewers a glimpse at the Civilian Air Patrol’s (CAP) International Air Cadet Exchange program and celebrates the program’s 10th anniversary. The film opens with footage of the Wright Brothers flying one of their first planes at Fort Myer, VA, and Charles Lindbergh’s plane flying in the sky. American CAP cadets climb into an Air Force transport plane to head to Europe as part of the International Air Cadet...
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Go Years Ahead With The Ferguson 35 is a short promotional film from the 1950s that highlights the features and capabilities of the Ferguson 35 Tractor. The film opens with a delivery truck carrying the Ferguson 35 tractor to a farm. The Ferguson sales/deliveryman backs the tractor off the trailer then shows off the tractor’s body to the farmer (02:10). The film explains the engine as the Ferguson man points out the oil tank, removes the front grill to show the radiator (04:30), and opens the...
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Bread Bouquet, presented by the Fleischmann Division and produced by B.K. Blake, Inc., is a short film promoting the yeast production and packaging by the Fleischmann Division at the company’s yeast production plant (01:40). A man in a laboratory separates yeast cells under a microscope (02:11). Women transfer yeast cells in a wort to a larger glass flask (02:58), carefully sanitizing the flasks in the process. The women then transfer the yeast cultures into even bigger glass containers. A...
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This short 1940s Navy training film, TF 11-3046, shows viewers (who would have been U.S. Navy sailors or recruits) how a sailor can quickly lose his hard-earned pay. The film follows Bill Adams, an arrogant sailor who cashes his paychecks and keeps the money on him in an apparent effort to flaunt his wealth. The film opens in the sleeping quarters of a navy ship where a group of sailors are settling debts. The men then go ashore (01:33), and Adams, who has 7 months pay in his wallet, and a...
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This 1968 black and white documentary about the Plymouth State Home and Training School in Northville, Michigan, whose methods help mentally retarded children lead richer lives. Produced by Dan Weisburd, the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration, narrated by Lorne Greene, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. In some windows of a large brick building stand mentally retarded individuals. The children shown throughout the film are intellectually disabled (the film...
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The Thinking Machine is a 1968 educational film from the Bell Telephone Company (Bell System) that shows the development of “thinking machines,” or computers. The film uses animations to show how a computer’s memory, information processing, and recognition processes work, which complements the look the film takes at the current usage and abilities of computers. The film opens with clips of various computers from science fiction movies and television shows. A short animation shows a...
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The Junior College Story: California’s Community Colleges is a short educational film about the foundation of California’s junior colleges, who can take classes at the institutions, and covers the various types of training provided. The film opens with a shot of cars driving through a redwood forest (00:39), scenes from Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge (01:48), and the State Capitol Building in Sacramento (02:10). The State Board of Education holds a meeting (02:30). The film...
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This WWII newsreel shows the assault on the Italian island of Pantelleria, followed by the invasion of Sicily (2:42) by British and American, and Canadian troops.  At 8:00, General Patton is seen in Sicily while his troops surge into the interior of the island. Operation Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. There had been an early...
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This silent short film from the William Horsley Film Labs dates to the 1920s or 30s and shows "Bits of Life in Japan." It starts with the elaborate tying of the Obi for a young girl by a Japanese woman. The Obi is a sash for traditional Japanese dress, keikogi (uniforms for Japanese martial arts), and part of kimono outfits. At 2:23 a dancer's Obi is shown.  At 3:48 a female Japanese orchestra / Geisha girls is shown. At 4:49 a title card notes that the clothes shown are antique in...
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Made sometime in the 1940s, this silent movie shows a trip through the Post Grape Nuts manufacturing center at Battle Creek, Michigan. Grape-Nuts is a breakfast cereal developed in 1897 by C. W. Post, a former patient and later competitor of the 19th-century breakfast food innovator, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. The cereal originally prepared by C. W. Post when developing the product was a batter that came from the oven as a rigid sheet. He then broke the sheet into pieces and ran them through a...
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The Gaines Dog Research Center presents Training You To Train Your Dog, a short training film based off of the book by Blanche Saunders. The film shows viewers how to effectively house train, punish, feed, and groom a dog. The film opens with a black standard poodle barking at the camera. The film then shows livestock, including horses, cattle, and pigs. A man rides a horse-drawn plow. A Doberman pincher walks with a U.S. MP (01:58) at a military base. Women work at the office of the American...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 25) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The film starts off with “The Gandhi Story.” Mahatma Gandhi walks through a village (00:38). Disciple Madeleine Slade passes by the camera wearing a simple dress or robe. People strike in the streets. British troops suppress protesters in Bombay (01:50). The film shows India’s...
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This 1975 revised documentary is about man’s fight against disease. It’s sponsored by Shell and The World Health Organization, produced by Stuart Legg, and directed by Michael Clarke.  Facial disfigurations, elephantiasis, and blindness are shown in Africa (1:36-2:33). Van Leeuwenhoek and his primitive microscope are shown (2:34-2:55). A variety of organisms are seen through a microscope. A hand turns microscope lenses to show microbes (2:56-3:42). Microbes are swabbed onto petri dishes,...
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Presented by the Studebaker Corporation and directed by Seymour Friedman, The Studebaker Story, Vol. 1 The First Hundred Years is a short 1953 film that gives viewers a quick look at the history of the Studebaker family and their rise from making wagons to producing quality automobiles. The film opens with illustrations of the development of the wheel, before cutting to a reenactment of the Studebaker brothers in 1852 South Bend, Indiana (01:34). Henry and Clement Studebaker work in their...
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Shot by Fred McLeod between Montreal and Toronto, this film of the Canadian National Railroad in action dates to 1958. McLeod was something of a visionary, who recognized that the arrival of diesel locomotives meant that the days of steam were doomed. This film shows steam locomotives in operation pulling both freight and passenger trains in a variety of settings, and all in full color. Some of this material was later released by Blackhawk Films in b&w. Mcleod was dogged in his pursuit, and...
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This 1965 color film about the New England Heritage Trail is presented by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and produced by Bay State Film Productions. A girl runs to a Colonial two-story house. She looks in the window. Her grandfather fills crystal glasses and hits them to play a song. She plays them. The red goblet has an animated face that narrates the film (:10-4:25). The Seth Warner statue is a memorial to the Green Mountain Boys (5:00-5:10). A person walks across the wooden North...
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